Be Kind to Humankind Week – Remembering Hurricane Harvey by Erika Torres

August 28th, 2018

Be Kind to Humankind Week - Hurricane Harvey

The Meador Staffing team can often be seen out and about living out the values of the company in their everyday life. This was even more apparent during Hurricane Harvey.

As we approached the anniversary of the storm, we wanted to revisit and share some of our stories of strength, faith, and community seen throughout the aftermath from our team.

Meador Staffing Hurricane Harvey Story #1:

“My home and family were personally affected by this event, we live in Brookside Village and on Sunday, August 27th I woke up around 5am and once I stepped off the bed I realized we were surrounded in about an inch of flood water. I immediately panicked and woke up my husband and two young daughter and we evacuated as soon as we could, never looking back or realizing it would be uninhabitable for the next 5 1/2 months. We found shelter at my sister’s house that day and spent the next few days witnessing on TV how the storm savagely ripped through our city. By then our personal belongings were pretty much nonexistent all we had managed to flee with was a toiletries caddy, important documents briefcase and a hamper full of basics for our family nothing else. At one point during the storm my husband and I went borrowed a friend’s small fishing boat to go into our property unfortunately our two goats had drowned in their barn so we disposed of them properly in black bags. Next was entering inside our home through the kitchen window to try and salvage perhaps any hanging clothes and coats, we left almost empty handed. I remember feeling completely stripped away of my earthly comforts yet there was an inexplicable peace to know that it was OK because God was fulfilling our true needs as he promises he always will. Once the storm passed and the first rays of sunshine appeared in what seemed like forever then everyone began to venture out to assess the damage in their homes and community. For us it meant me staying away with our young girls while my husband and a few family members returned home to begin opening windows and the arduous work of emptying the muddy contents which included precious pictures and keepsakes, subtle reminders of all that once was. All the while the realization that life must go on and asking ourselves “now what? Who can help us demo or where will we live while rebuilding?” We didn’t think real answers would come to us so soon.

“Why are you fearful? O ye of little faith?”

By Friday, Sept 1st we had a family friends offer us their fully equipped guest apartment in a nearby neighborhood that was spared flooding. The next day I received a call from Melinda asking how we were doing and unknowing to her she was answering our other biggest concern – Rick was organizing a large crew to help demo our home the very next day! When I gave my husband the great news he was in shock and speechless and I reminded him how we could not let our faith slip away no matter what was to come. I will never be able to thank Mr. Meador’s family and the entire Meador co. enough for meeting my family in our greatest time of need by lifting us up in prayer with service and fellowship. As the first year anniversary approaches it not only becomes a time of reflection and lessons learned but also of deep gratitude. Because no matter the size of the storm and its destruction it can never destroy our heart’s desire to love unconditionally and show compassion towards each other just as our heavenly father teaches us and shows us every single day.

Never did I ask Why me? Why us? I know many have been through this before us and many went through it after us with hurricanes Irma and Maria respectively and GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL. ”

-Submitted by Erika Torres, Office Coordinator

 

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